Entries in Wendy Williams (6)


There's Nothing Like Wendy Williams on TV

Courtesy Wendy Williams Show(NEW YORK) -- Wendy Williams, the self-proclaimed "Queen of All Media," is known for giving her fans the inside track on the entertainment industry.

During her 23-year career in radio, the 48-year-old constantly dished on celebrities and gained notoriety for telling it like it is -- so much so that even Jay-Z rapped about it: "For the millionth time, askin' me questions, like, Wendy Williams, harassin' me then get upset when I catch feelings."

Now, on The Wendy Williams Show, her hit syndicated daytime talk show currently in its fourth season, Williams is introducing more viewers to her no-holds-barred style from a newly-renovated purple and pink studio.

"We have such an eclectic show on The Wendy Williams Show.  It is the only place where you could see Nas, on the couch, rip the mic and in the same show you will see Rachel Maddow," the daytime talk show host, who was recently named one of the 35 Most Powerful People in Media by The Hollywood Reporter, tells ABC News Radio.

Out of all the guests who have sat on her couch and showed off their shoes on her "Shoe Cam," a special close-up camera just for fashion's sake, Williams says she has a favorite: Simon Cowell.

"Well, he says it like he means it and he's easy on the eyes," she admitted.  "And he likes me."

While Williams seems extra chummy with her celebrity guests, including Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox and Tamar Braxton, she admits that they're not her friends.

"We may be at a charity event later on in the week together, and we might drink white wine and giggle for that moment, but I don't have one celebrity phone number in my phone," Williams tells ABC News Radio.  "My closest women friends are moms in the school system where we live because I have more in common with them."

"I have celebrity girlfriends for their purpose of coming to the show," she continues.

Williams considers herself to be just a regular girl from New Jersey and balances her daytime career with being a wife to Kevin Hunter, who doubles as her manager, and a mother to her son, who she lovingly refers to as "Little Kev."

Williams is known for saying whatever comes to mind, but there's one thing the daytime talk show host will always remain mum on, she tells ABC News Radio.

"You will never hear me talking about who I'm voting for and why," she says.  "I feel as though politics and celebrity aren't necessarily the best thing."

And Williams knows what makes a good thing.  In fact, along with her daytime talk show, she's the author of five books, two of which have been New York Times bestsellers, and she even has a line of jewelry on QVC.  Still, does Williams, who has been inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame, miss life behind the mic?

"I don't miss it because if I stayed in radio it wouldn't be fair to my family: my husband and my son," Williams says.  "If I was a single woman, secretly I'd probably still be doing both because I'd have nobody but me."

The Wendy Williams Show -- which features Real Housewives’ Phaedra Parks, Kyle Richards, actor David Hasselhoff and ABC’s Carla Hall next week -- airs weekdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT and midnight on BET.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Wendy Williams Happy to Be Off 'Dancing with the Stars'

Bob D'Amico/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Talk show host Wendy Williams is relieved she was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars. Williams tells People the six-week experience took a toll.

"I have neglected personally [my] 10-year-old son, I have a 12-year marriage and I've got a talk show that demands my attention." She explained, "I don't feel like I deserved any of the scores I got, but still, I am ironically pleased to [go] home."

Speaking Wednesday with New York City's local Fox affiliate WNYW, on which The Wendy Williams Show airs in the Big Apple, Williams also said she wasn't a fan of "getting ridiculed" in front of millions of DWTS fans each episode.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


'Dancing with the Stars': Wendy Williams Voted Off

Bob D'Amico/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Talk show host Wendy Williams and partner Tony Dovolani were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night after receiving the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes.  The couple performed a foxtrot Monday that judge Len Goodman said was a struggle and more suited for the radio.

After getting the bad news Tuesday, Williams told co-host Brooke Burke the experience has been a wonderful opportunity, and she thanked her partner Tony for teaching her how to dance.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy said he was fine after Monday night’s ballroom tumble with partner Kirstie Alley.  Earlier Wednesday during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, Maks blamed the mishap on a "charley horse." 

The results show also featured musical performances by OneRepublic.  The band performed their newest release, "Good Life," along with their hit "All the Right Moves." Selena Gomez & The Scene was also on the show to perform their newest single, "Who Says."

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Wendy Williams Plans Personal Foxtrot for Monday's 'Dancing'

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Things get personal on ABC's Dancing with the Stars on Monday night, when the celebrities will share their personal stories via the routines they dance in the ballroom. Talk show host Wendy Williams will do a foxtrot that she says reflects her successful career in radio. While she won't disclose the song to which her routine is set, she says, "The song is a song that speaks to the radio person that I was. And the dance is powerful, and domineering yet feminine and very flirty and that's how I have to come across."

Williams received low scores the first two weeks of the new Dancing with the Stars season, but that hasn't been her only problem. She's battling various nagging injuries. She says, "My right knee is swollen, I have to wrap it. My left hip is hurting me, you know. And both feet are constantly swollen -- I mean, to the point now I can't even wear flat shoes. I have to wear slippers and Uggs."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Wendy Williams Sued By Promoter

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Wendy Williams will need some fancy footwork to get out of a legal dispute.  The talk show host and Dancing with the Stars contestant has been sued by a concert promoter, reports 

The suit claims Williams, who was paid $25,000, was supposed to appear at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City for two hours, but she only stayed for one and barely spoke with the fans who turned out to see her.  The suit alleges Williams' behavior "was best described as...ungrateful."  The suit also says Williams didn't speak to the crowd, instead choosing to complain and head to a cabana with her husband.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Report: Wendy Williams Will Be Dancing with the Stars

Photo Courtesy - Disney/ABC Television Group(NEW YORK) -- Syndicated TV talk show host Wendy Williams will reportedly be a contestant on the next edition of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

The New York Post reports Williams will put her show on hiatus while she participates next month.  A spokesperson for The Wendy Williams Show was unable to confirm the report.

Other celebrities rumored to be joining the cast this season include reality star Kendra Wilkinson of Girls Next Door, former Full House star Candice Cameron Bure and former Renegade star Lorenzo Lamas.

The cast for the 12th installment of Dancing with the Stars will be announced Feb. 28.  The show debuts March 21.

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